These are a collection of quick sketches in acrylic paint, water-colour, pencil, charcoal and ink-tense pencils. Some were done at a life drawing session, whilst others were done using photo’s. I tried using paint to sketch with after watching a TV programme about Tracey Emin which showed her sketching nudes for pieces similar to ‘I said No’ and ‘Waiting for it’. Tracey’s pieces are a lot looser and rougher than mine, something I need to work at. Read the rest of this entry
These are some of the recent pages from my sketchbook.
I really enjoyed this assignment as it contained a good mixture of stitched samples and painting. I find making stitch samples relaxing and enjoyable but it can be very time consuming, whereas painting and sketching is much faster but requires more concentration, and produces more pieces I deem to be failures. This time whilst working through the exercises I tried to place more emphasis on colours, as I feel this is something I struggle with, so I took it as an opportunity to look at work by Josef Albers and to collect many examples of colour schemes that work well together, which I can then use in my own projects in the future. My favorite colour scheme so far has to be intense blues and greens you would find in a peacocks tail, and I used these a number of times in the fabric manipulation section. Read the rest of this entry
My Theme Book is all about people. I’ve collected many pictures and postcards that have inspired me, and developed pieces of my own from these using sketches, paint and fabric.
I found these beautiful portraits painted by Francoise Nielly, they are made with thick oil paint and a knife. I’m not quite that adventurous yet, so I made a similar one with acrylic paint and a brush, I feel it is a good start but needs much more colour adding to it. I had a second attempt using larger areas of brighter colour but I don’t feel that it works, it seems too flat and lacks the depth of the original pieces. Read the rest of this entry
I believe that craft-produced (or hand-crafted) textiles still maintain a place in modern society as they are a way for people to express themselves, their thoughts, feelings, emotions and sense of individuality. I know from personal experience the feeling of accomplishment when finishing a project, and even greater joy if other people praise it. If it happens to be something like a dress, then I can walk out proudly knowing that no one else has the exact same one, and that my choices in fabric and construction techniques say a lot about who I am, what I like and how skilled I am at making something. Even a simple drawing gives you the freedom to express how you’re feeling inside, so every piece produced by a crafts person has a story to go with it, something a mass produced item doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry
To work on this project I chose these 6 pages of my sketchbook to work from.
- The first two are inspired by fungi I spotted whilst out walking, I made a few initial sketches then worked from those and additional photo’s I found, experimenting with collage, oil pastels, acrylic paint and inktense pencils.
- The next page was inspired by a photo I found of bird in a magazine which was focused on the beautiful pattern made by its feathers, I worked on these ideas using layering and scratching away acrylic paint, wax crayons, marker pens and a fabric collage. It was the jewel-like colours and overlapping shapes which really interested me here.
- The ‘rock-pool’s’ page was inspired by the road where I walk my dog, it is very broken and uneven and the patterns the stones form on the floor always catch my attention. I really love the small range of colour’s shown in the photo I found, it is very simple and ‘earthy’ feeling, but still has lots of contrast, it also has a strong circular feeling to me which I think came through ion my sketches.
- The page about ‘birds on a cliff’ doesn’t really show up very well in the photo, but I felt very drawn to its feeling of many layers and lines.
- The last page I worked on has to be my favorite. I had been reading a book about people marooned on a desert island and when I saw this photo in a magazine it caught my attention. I really love the shapes and colours shown in the photo, although in some ways my sketches and collages make me think more of a peacocks tail than the desert island I intended.
This weekend I went to visit Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, for me one of the most iconic buildings there is the windmill pictured above. This photo was taken when we first arrived, but we were lucky enough to see them rotating the windmill to catch the wind and unfurling the sails later on in the day. The sails were huge pieces of what looks like a heavyweight cotton calico, firmly tied down to the wooden frame, and it was certainly effective at getting the mill working, but I do wonder how they stop them from going moldy being outside in all weathers! Read the rest of this entry
In recent years I’ve noticed there are more fabrics available that are ethically made, eg. Fair Trade, organic or produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Many major retailers now stock organic ranges of clothing, for example Marks and Spencers stock mens’ suits made from pure organic Yorkshire wool, or there are companies like People Tree whose entire range is made with ‘respect to the planet’.